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The Houston Jazz Collective Presents The Houston Jazz Festival featuring The Duke Ellington Orchestra

September 16, 2023 @ 8:00 pm

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All performances at Miller are FREE!

(832) 876-0701


The Houston Jazz Collective proudly presents The American Masters Series, a captivating fusion of The Duke Ellington Orchestra, special guest Paul Mercer Ellington, and the evocative artistry found within Jack Whitten’s mesmerizing mosaic masterpiece, “The Predominance of Tan Black and Blue (The Duke of Ellington’s Centennial Celebration) 1999.” This extraordinary event commemorates the centenary of The Duke Ellington Orchestra and harmonizes with the historic significance of the Miller Outdoor Theatre.
Guiding this once-in-a-hundred-year extravaganza is Paul Mercer Ellington, the grandson of Duke Ellington and son of Mercer Ellington. Duke’s legacy, spanning from 1923 through countless concerts and global tours, echoes as a testament to his unparalleled artistry. Under the direction of Music Director Charlie Young, a former orchestra member himself, the ensemble continues to embody the essence of Duke’s creative spirit.

Amidst this symphonic journey, the spotlight illuminates Houston’s own jazz luminaries, Shelley “The Showstopper” Carrol and Andre “Big Butter” Hayward. Their performances become a living testament to the orchestra’s Texan roots. The pinnacle of the event arrives with the unveiling of Whitten’s breathtaking mosaic masterpiece. In partnership with the Jack Whitten Estate and Hauser and Wirth, this immersive artwork seamlessly merges with the orchestra’s melodies, forging an entrancing visual-musical synergy.

The Houston Jazz Collective, a dedicated steward of the city’s jazz heritage, curates vibrant cultural, jazz, and tribute events. They honor the past while celebrating the present, preserving the city’s legacy and paying homage to exceptional musicians. Their resonant experiences transcend geographical confines, echoing globally while kindling the timeless essence of jazz in the hearts of enthusiasts.


September 16, 2023
8:00 pm
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Miller Outdoor Theatre
6000 Hermann Park Dr.
Houston, TX 77030 United States
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